Elegant and stylish Grade II listed William and Mary rectory, in the heart of the village with views to the South Downs.
Formerly the Rectory to the neighbouring Holy Trinity Church, Church House is ideally situated in a tucked away position in the centre of the popular village of Hurstpierpoint, only moments from the shops, cafes and pubs on the High Street. The house is believed to date from 1690 and is listed Grade II, its elegant symmetrical façade typical of the William and Mary era, fronted in red mathematical tiles with sash windows and a central front door with classical pediment over. Areas of exposed knapped flint both internally and externally are a nod to the landscape and local vernacular.
The house was acquired in 2009 by the current owners, who undertook an extensive programme of refurbishment and remodelling whilst working carefully and sensitively with the property's listed status. The result is a stunning 3,722 square foot family home that is beautifully presented throughout: high ceilings, working fireplaces, some exposed timbers and sash windows with window seats and original shutters typical of the architectural period are cleverly combined with features such as partial under floor heating, modern bathroom suites, a bespoke hand-built kitchen and a stylish glass link between the kitchen and garden room.
The accommodation is arranged over four floors, the full extent and layout of which can be seen on the floor plan.
The front door opens to a welcoming entrance hall off which lies an elegant formal sitting room, featuring a marble fireplace and a charming curved alcove; windows to three aspects fill the room with light and frame views to the garden, church and South Downs. Lying across the hall is a good-sized study with woodburning stove, together with a large cloakroom.
The kitchen and dining room are on the lower ground floor, overlooking the terrace and garden. The kitchen has been beautifully fitted with bespoke cabinetry, walnut worktops and a range of appliances by Falcon and Neff; it is served by a large utility room and an excellent shelved pantry. The dining room has French doors opening to the south-facing terrace and a handsome inglenook fireplace set with a Chesney's woodburner. Lying off the dining room is a fully-tiled wet room serving the swimming pool. A contemporary glazed link joins the kitchen to the versatile garden room, a modern addition to the house with bi-fold doors opening to the terrace.
There are five bedrooms arranged over the first and second floors, including the master bedroom which has an elegant curved ceiling, fireplace with woodburning stove and a well-appointed en suite bathroom with suite including a bath and separate wet room style shower. Bedrooms two and three benefit from en suite shower rooms; the two remaining bedrooms are on the second floor and are served by a further shower room, forming an ideal guest suite.
Gardens & Grounds
Church House is set back from the High Street behind the church, accessed down a long private driveway leading to a parking area and the garage. The beautifully landscaped garden lies predominantly to the south of the house and is private and well-enclosed, bound by hedging, fencing and mature trees including a handsome copper beech. Adjoining the rear of the house is a large part brick, part stone terrace, ideal for entertaining and from which the wonderful view over the garden to the South Downs can be enjoyed. Beyond the terrace are rose beds and a well-stocked kitchen garden with raised beds; a pathway leads to the swimming pool which has an electronically operated pool cover and is fully enclosed by fencing and a flint wall.
To the west of the house is a beautifully tended part-walled croquet lawn with a charming brick potting shed, and in one corner a decked terrace with summer house and beautiful magnolia. The remainder of the garden is largely laid to lawn, extending away from the house to the south. In all, about 0.64 of an acre.
Church House owns the driveway to the property over which its neighbour, 3 Church Green Cottages, has a right of way to access its parking space. Church House has a reciprocal right to use its neighbour's turning area. Please refer to the Agent for details.
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This beautiful house is one of the best in Hurstpierpoint. Beautifully presented throughout, yet a real family home - it is easy to imagine sitting by the pool in the summer months enjoying the wonderful views to the South Downs, or cosying up by the roaring inglenook fire in the colder weather.Rohan Vines